COP27: UN Chief Urges Consensus on Climate Actions

Published on: 18 November 2022
by KnowESG

At the UN climate change conference that is going on right now, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told countries that they should work together to solve climate problems instead of blaming one another.

He made the statements during a news conference at COP27, which concludes today in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Guterres said that COP27 will end in 24 hours, but it is clear that trust between the North and South has "broken down."

He said that there is no time for finger-pointing, and he added, "Playing the blame game is a way to make sure that everyone gets hurt."

Guterres urged the parties to act on climate change in three important ways: to deal with loss and damage, to close the emissions gap, and to provide finance.

The UN Secretary-General also urged developed countries to fulfil their pledge of 100 billion US dollars per year for developing countries and to provide a credible roadmap for increasing adaptation finance.

He said that developed countries "must" give developing countries the help they need to promote renewable energy and get better at dealing with climate change.

"Renewables are the exit ramp from the climate hell highway," he said, echoing his earlier remarks about the so-called "highway to climate hell" made at the COP27 leaders' summit.

Guterres urged COP27 to reach a decision quickly, saying, "The climate clock is ticking, and trust keeps breaking down."

The parties "are shying away from taking difficult political decisions," he said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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